Avoiding Help

The problem isn’t which therapy works and which doesn’t. The problem is that people don’t seek help for psychological issues. And I’m not talking about people who live in poverty and simply can’t afford it or those who don’t have the intellectual and cultural capital to realize help can be had. I’m talking about educated people who definitely could afford to seek help and get better.

It’s especially sad when people don’t even consider seeking help for their kids who have obvious issues that could use assistance.

And please, please, folks, don’t start telling me that the problem is with some (completely imaginary) mental health stigma. Cheap, meaningless diagnoses aren’t stigmatized or avoided. Effective help that makes these diagnoses unnecessary is. The reason is that for many people these conditions are useful. And they are unwilling to look honestly at the benefits they derive from this suffering.

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